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First posted April 22, 2005
Tyson Donates $25,000 to Wetland Project

Tyson Foods Press Release

Springdale, Ark. - April 22, 2005 - Efforts to preserve two and a half acres of urban wetland prairie in south Fayetteville have received the support of Tyson Foods, Inc.

The company is contributing $25,000 to the cause, which will help the Town Branch Neighborhood Association and the City of Fayetteville buy the property located at the corner of Duncan Avenue and 11th Street.

Once the land is purchased, Audubon Arkansas will begin the restoration process by removing unwanted plants from the property. The group will later replant grasses and trees that are native to such a wetland.

A public viewing area with picnic tables and a kiosk with information about the site are also planned. In addition, the university and local schools are expected to use the area as an outdoor laboratory, where students will be able to learn about the native plants, grasses and wildlife.

"We're pleased to be part of this project, which will help restore this unique property and make it available for our community to enjoy and appreciate," said Jimmy Mardis, group director of Environmental Operations for Tyson Foods. "Our support is consistent with Tyson's 'Core Values,' which call for us to serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to us."

"We're proud to participate in the effort to preserve this land for future generations," said John Tyson, chairman and chief executive officer of Tyson Foods. "Our donation is also another way we can demonstrate our commitment to the environment."

"We appreciate Tyson's support as we raise the funds needed to buy this land and begin transforming it into its original state," said Melissa Terry, Northwest Arkansas conservation director for Audubon Arkansas.

An added benefit of the wetland prairie project is its role in collecting storm water. Since the ground acts like a sponge, holding water over a long period of time, it can be especially beneficial in the collection of storm water in an urban setting.

Tyson Foods, Inc. [NYSE: TSN], founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork and the second-largest food company in the Fortune 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products, which are marketed under the "Powered by Tyson" strategy.

Tyson is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves, providing products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 80 countries. Tyson has approximately 114,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world.

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